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PG&E Blackouts Spur Calls for Public Ownership

October 31, 2019

PG&E cut power to millions throughout California this month as fires blaze across the state. The move has prompted many to call to municipalize the company. Democracy Collaborative researcher Johanna Bozuwa explains.

Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Income-Based Water Billing

October 28, 2019

City Council advanced the Water Accountability Act, which would cap the price of water for low-income residents and create an ombuds office to hear disputes about erroneous bills.

Human Actions Fueling California’s Devastating Wildfires

October 25, 2019

Tens of thousands have been forced to flee wildfires across the state of California. Human actions, including climate change, are responsible, argues Professor Matthew Hurteau.

Jane Fonda: Put Oil and Gas Executives on Trial

October 25, 2019

Before she got arrested at her weekly #FireDrillFriday demonstration, Jane Fonda told TRNN’s Dharna Noor that she tried to get Netflix to give her a yearlong hiatus from Grace and Frankie to continue protesting climate inaction.

Congress Holds Hearing on Big Oil’s War on Climate Science

October 23, 2019

The House Oversight Committee heard testimony about the fossil fuel industry’s multimillion dollar campaign to suppress knowledge of their contributions to the climate crisis.

Extinction Rebellion: Hundreds Arrested in Protest of Climate Crisis

October 9, 2019

Thousands are taking part in two weeks of civil disobedience aimed at forcing governments to address climate change

California Legalizes Public Banking

October 8, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that lets municipalities sponsor public banks, and Los Angeles’ City Council is creating a proposal for one. David Jette of Public Bank LA says this will help cities and counties invest in affordable housing and renewable energy.

Youth Indigenous Activist Speaks on Deforestation in Indonesia

October 8, 2019

14-year-old Kynan Degar explains how the palm oil industry harms indigenous Indonesian communities through deforestation—an interview at the United Nations Climate Action Summit.

GOP Lobbyists Behind Gas Industry ‘Empowerment Alliance’ Oppose Green New Deal

October 7, 2019

The group’s spokesman is the former press secretary for U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and the 2004 Bush campaign. It does not disclose its funders over concerns of “eco-terrorists.”

California Emission Standards Have Trump Admin Blowing Smoke

October 7, 2019

The Trump administration plans to remove the state’s authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those mandated by the federal government. TRNN’s Steve Horn says this could be an opportunity to discuss how to move past inadequate liberal environmental policy.